Topic: What’s more important, the rights of patients or saving lives?
@SANDILE_KUBHEKA // Dr Sandile Kubheka is a 21 year old South African born and bred in Newcastle, in the province of KwaZulu Natal. He spent his early years as a ‘normal’ rural boy but one thing always set him apart; he has always been the bright star among his peers. Furthermore, he has thrived under conditions set for his ‘superiors’. Raised by a single mother, he started primary school at the age of 5 and amazingly completed grades 6 and 7 concurrently. He then went on to begin University at a tender age of 16 years. Teased often as the most ‘immature’, he rose above this to become the Deputy President of Happy Valley Clinic. A student led Clinic providing basic clinical needs to the disadvantaged community of KwaNqetho near Hillcrest on the outskirts of Durban. He also led various students’ organizations and was a member of the ANCYL and Rural Development Club. Sandile Kubheka became a Medical School Student Representative Council (MSRC) member responsible for the Finances and Projects portfolio where he further demonstrated his Leadership qualities and the rare ability of balancing his daunting academic schedule with the equally demanding work of representing young future doctors of the only Medical School in KZN.
He was voted by his colleagues as the most likely medical student in the class of 2013 to become the Minister of Health. He also received the Yashiv Sham Bursary and Enid Gordon Jacob Good Fellowship prizes for being the most caring and compassionate in the class and demonstrating leadership qualities. As a cherry on top at the age of 20 he graduated at the University of KwaZulu Natal, College of Health Sciences, Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine with the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery Degree (MBChB) with a distinction in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Kubheka is serving his internship at Greys Hospital in Pietermaritzburg and wants to register for a Masters of Medicine degree, specializing in Internal Medicine and later in Endocrinology. He is focused, determined and ready to use all his skill and expertise to the betterment of his beloved country, South Africa, and Africa as a whole.